I am an artist and printmaker, based in Sheffield UK. I live with my husband, daughter and two cats in a terraced house, where I also have my home studio.
I love to create colourful, joyful, original artwork. Experimenting with arranging shapes, overlapping colours and textures, playing with composition process and media. I work onto paper, fabric, wood and recently ceramics, to make relief prints, textile products and decorative sculptural artworks.
My first love is printmaking, especially block printing with wood and lino. When printing, I work instinctively, building up many layers, combining colours, shapes and textures, striving to find harmony and balance, clarity and a feeling of joy, through a playful and open approach to the process.
I have been working as a full-time artist for the past nine years after more than twelve years teaching art and textiles in secondary school. I originally studied sculpture for my Fine Art degree but it wasn’t until quite a few years after this that I really discovered my love of printing and especially woodcut printing. An MA in Arts Education, winning printmaking prizes and becoming a mum led me to think about options other than school teaching and so I decided to make printmaking my full-time occupation and I haven’t looked back.
Most of my original prints and all of my collage and textile works are one-off pieces. Available works can be found in my shop and once purchased I aim to post out within 3 working days. Exceptions to this are at Christmas when postage is 5 working days. If when you make your purchase I am working away from home on a commission, or away for another reason, I will email you to discuss a suitable postage date with you. Please do contact me should you wish to discuss this.
I have always saved and reused anything that might possibly be useful in my art work and in my business.
Saving odd sections of wood for carving into, printing onto and sewing with recycled and end of roll fabrics. Reusing various carved blocks and recycling old prints to create new collages. Saving and recycling packaging for posting out artwork.
All my work is printed using water based, eco friendly products and my reproduced works are all printed onto FSC certified or recycled papers.
I love all forms of making but the ones that bring me the most joy are the ones that don’t require too much technical equipment! These are the techniques I use in my own work and the ones that I love to share in the various workshops I teach. My workshops take place in my home studio as well as at various venues around Yorkshire and beyond. I have also begun teaching some of my printmaking workshops online via Zoom. I am currently planning more of these over the coming months. Watch this space!
If you are interested in attending one of my workshops you can click on workshops to find out what’s coming up. If you sign up to my newsletter to be the first to hear about them, often with an early bird discount! If you would like to get in touch for any other reason then please email me using the contact form.
If you would like to commission me to create a collage or a textile wall hanging, I am happy to discuss this with you. To find out about a previous collage commission of a family home click here.
If you would like to contact me to discuss a possible commission please do so via the contact form.